Applying to Durham
Durham University works hard to recruit the most able and most motivated students irrespective of their background. We are investing £11.7million over the next year to offer you different pathways to Durham and support you where it counts.
Do you know whether you are eligible for a contextual offer from Durham? It is worth checking! If you meet the eligibility criteria then we may issue you an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements.
International Study Centre
Supported Progression is a programme for talented students studying in the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire and London who have the potential to study at a university such as Durham and who will benefit from additional help and support to reach their full potential. Supported Progression offers a two-year coherent, structured programme of events and information.
Sutton Trust Summer School
Durham University’s Sutton Trust summer school(s) provide students with an opportunity to contribute towards entry to the University through an assessed summer school. Applicants must be studying in Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland, or S5 in Scotland and will attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school/college (non-fee paying) in the UK.
If you wish to take a year out between school and university you should check your nominated department's policy on deferred entry (see each departmental entry or website).
Some departments welcome applications submitted during your last year at school, particularly if you are seeking to gain experience relevant to your degree. Others would prefer you to apply in the year between school and university.
Questions about studying here?
If you have a question relating to undergraduate or taught postgraduate programmes, or our application process, many of the answers can be found on our web pages which contan a wealth of information. If you cannot find an answer to your question, you can:
What you need to know when choosing a college
Our colleges share many characteristics and collegiate spirit, but each one has its own distinctive character.
Don't overthink it, your college preference does not affect your chances of getting a place at Durham.